It's that time of the year again... The Champagne region is beginning to harvest this year's grapes, after a good growing season.
Harvest usually starts between 2 and 18 September across Champagne, with each village setting its own date, but early maturation means some villages in the Aube and Sézanne have started picking already this year.
2015 was a good year in eastern France – hot and dry weather from the end of May through to mid-August slowed down the development of grapes, but rain in the second half of August allowed the berries to grow.
This, with sunshine and heat, resulted in favourable conditions, and the yield set at 10,000kg per hectare will be met by all in the region, according to Comité Champagne.